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WD designs first enterprise-class hard drives for exploding scale-out datacenter market

Press release [Tuesday 4 June 2013]

WD, a Western Digital company and world leader for storage deployed in datacenters, has announced availability of its innovative WD Se line of hard drives, the first designed for scale-out datacenter deployments. Built on an enterprise-grade platform for reliable 24x7x365 datacenter operation, WD Se is tailored to deliver the right combination of performance, reliability and robustness for large-scale replicated environments; mid-sized network attached storage (NAS) deployments; and backup/archiving applications.

WD Se is a true enterprise-class drive with the right blend of affordability and capabilities to address the massive growth of semi-structured data, which is accelerating the scale-out of datacenters of all sizes. Now shipping in capacities up to 4TB, the new WD Se hard drives enable customers to balance their data growth challenges in multi-drive enclosures without compromising enterprise-class features.

"Today's cloud datacenter installations require a cost-effective way to build large-scale storage systems, while maintaining the 24x7 reliability necessary to minimize total cost of ownership," said Richard E Rutledge, senior vice president of WD's datacenter storage business unit. "WD's utilization of vast amounts of manufacturing and engineering data has forced us - like many other companies - to use map-reduce methodologies to effectively analyze our data. The WD Se hard drives are used in our own big datacenter, where we have gained real-world experience with Apache Hadoop."

WD Se drives also address the fast-growing SMB to mid-range network-attached storage (NAS) market. The robust enterprise-class design and higher workload capabilities for SMB-focused 6-bay-plus table-top NAS units and rack-mount multi-tenant NAS solutions with up to 24 bays provide NAS integrators a complement to WD Red hard drives for small NAS systems. WD's other datacenter hard drives - WD Xe and WD Re - round out the high-end of the NAS market, offering higher durability and performance for large-scale rack-based NAS systems. Together, WD Se, WD Xe, WD Re and WD Red provide a total portfolio of robust storage devices to match every size and scale of NAS deployment.

In addition to undergoing at least 5,000,000 hours of functional and thermal testing and over 20,000,000 hours of additional testing under actual workloads in server and storage systems, WD's Se hard drives feature:

- A dual processor for twice the processing power to maximize performance;

- Enhanced Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF) technology that includes sophisticated electronics to monitor the drive and correct both linear and rotational vibration in real time;

- Dual actuator technology improves head positional accuracy over the data track(s);

- StableTrac whereby the motor shaft is secured at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration and stabilize platters for accurate tracking during read and write operations delivering a consistent level of performance for applications;

- A multi-axis shock sensor automatically detects the subtlest shock events and compensates to protect the data;

- RAID-specific, time-limited error recovery (TLER) prevents drive fallout caused by the extended hard drive error-recovery processes common to desktop drives, and;

- Dynamic fly height technology where each read-write head's fly height is adjusted in real time for optimum reliability.

Price and availability

WD's Se hard drives, shipping in capacities from 2TB to 4TB, (models: WD2000F9YZ, WD3000F9YZ, and WD4000F9YZ) are available through select distributors and resellers. Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the WD Se hard drives range from US$159.99 to US$309.99. WD's Se drives are covered by a five-year limited warranty. More information about WD's Se enterprise hard drives may be found on the company's website at http://www.wd.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=1050.

Please visit WD at TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall 4, Booth L0810, Computex 2013.

About WD

WD, a Western Digital company, is a long-time innovator and storage industry leader. As a storage technology pacesetter, the company produces reliable, high-performance hard disk drives and solid state drives. These drives are deployed by OEMs and integrators in desktop and mobile computers, enterprise computing systems, embedded systems and consumer electronics applications, as well as by the company in providing its own storage products. WD's leading storage devices and systems, networking products, media players and software solutions empower people around the world to easily save, store, protect, share and experience their content on multiple devices. WD was established in 1970 and is headquartered in Irvine, California. For more information, please visit the company's website at http://www.wd.com/.

Western Digital Corp, Irvine, California, is a global provider of products and services that empower people to create, manage, experience and preserve digital content. Its companies design and manufacture storage devices, networking equipment and home entertainment products under the WD, HGST and G-Technology brands.

WD Se drives address the fast-growing SMB to midrange network-attached storage (NAS) market

WD product photos: http://www.wdbrand.com/

Product information: http://www.wd.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=1050

Review samples of WD Se may be requested by visiting http://www.wdc.com/en/company/pressroom/eval_request.asp


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